EnBW and Procon Solar GmbH in Cottbus have agreed to take over pre-developed photovoltaic projects in Brandenburg with an output of around 400 megawatts (MW) and an option for a further 400 MW. This joint step ensures that Procon Solar’s previous contribution to the energy transition will be continued and strengthens EnBW’s path to implementing its strategy. By 2025, at least half of EnBW’s generation portfolio should consist of renewable energies.
The contracts cover solar projects in various stages of development and are to be completed in two stages. On July 1, 2022, solar projects with a capacity of around 400 MW that are well developed will initially be transferred to EnBW. In connection with this, nine Procon Solar employees are moving to EnBW. The location in Cottbus will be retained and will be continued by EnBW as a branch in the future. Further projects with around 400 MW in an early stage of development can optionally follow by early February 2023 at the latest.
Harald Schmoch, Head of Renewable Energies at EnBW, emphasises: “It is important to us to be a reliable partner for the implementation of the energy transition – for the people and communities in Brandenburg, as well as in the Lusatia energy region. We are confident that our experience in municipal cooperation combined with the energy management skills of the entire company can bring added value to the region. With the three existing subsidy-free solar parks in Weesow-Willmersdorf, Gottesgabe and Alttrebbin, which together have a total capacity of around 500 MW, EnBW is heavily involved in Brandenburg and we would also like to continue to actively participate in structural change in Lusatia as well.”
The managing director and shareholder of Procon Solar GmbH, Klaus Hoff, says: “Well, after 18 years of working with the sun, my personal view naturally leads to retirement. It is important to me that the ideas and responsible solar projects created in the company, combined with competent and committed employees, are led to success. With EnBW we have found a strong partner for the energy transition in Lusatia. Their municipal character, regional anchoring through reliable in-house management of the solar systems, economic strength and leading energy industry competence in supply issues and future topics of the energy transition were decisive.” He adds: “The business partners can fall back on a proven partnership. In July 2018, for example, EnBW took over the pre-developed plans and project contracts for the 187-megawatt “Weesow-Willmersdorf” solar park from Procon Solar GmbH, and developed it further and built it until it was fully connected to the grid in March 2021.”
Know-how of the previous project development team is retained
EnBW was able to win over the employees of Procon Solar for EnBW to further develop and implement the projects together.
Thorsten Jörß, who is responsible for photovoltaic project development at EnBW, is pleased about the addition to his project development team. “This is a big win for us. In this way, we retain all of our know-how and are well-positioned for further projects in the region.”
EnBW project pipeline for solar energy increases to 3,300 megawatts
So far, EnBW in Germany already has its own photovoltaic project pipeline of around 2,500 megawatts. Supplemented by the projects of Procon Solar in the Lausitz energy region, EnBW’s pipeline has increased by more than 25 percent to 3,300 megawatts.
“We still have a few hurdles to overcome before the individual projects are approved and can be built. The decisive factor here is that these are forward-looking projects for the expansion of renewable energies, which we are continuing to implement together with the municipalities, regional authorities and other stakeholders,” adds Jörß.
Image source: Courtesy of EnBW
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